President Biden To Seek $100bn For Ukraine, Israel, Taiwan, US Border

According to a source familiar with the talks, US President Joe Biden would ask Congress for a joint $100 billion package for Ukraine, Israel, Taiwan, and the migrant situation at the US-Mexico border.

The request, originally reported by Bloomberg and not yet made public by the White House, comes as Congress remains paralyzed due to the lack of a speaker in the House of Representatives.

The deal is intended to avoid congressional gridlock by bringing together Democrats, who have been seeking further aid for Kyiv for weeks, and Republicans, who want funds to reinforce border measures.

On Tuesday, Biden called key allies to reassure them that US military help to Ukraine would continue, despite the White House’s warning that the supply would dry up in months if Republicans in Congress blocked additional funding.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky paid a visit to Congress in September in an attempt to persuade Republicans to keep the money coming and assist his country in repelling Russian invasion.

However, the US has been under pressure to back its longstanding ally Israel, which is at war with Hamas. Democratic Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer stated on Tuesday that he will attempt to pass an aid package for Israel “hopefully within the next few weeks.”

The package will include military, humanitarian, intelligence, and diplomatic help, he said.

On Wednesday, the Senate will also examine a resolution condemning Hamas and debate the appointment of a new ambassador to Israel.

Tensions have also increased in recent months over Taiwan, a self-governing democracy that China claims and has not excluded out occupying militarily.

The official US position on intervention is ambiguous, with the US focusing on sending weaponry to Taiwan for self-defense, despite the fact that the US only recognizes Beijing.

Biden has said he would back sending US forces to defend Taiwan.

The White House did not respond to requests for comment from AFP.

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